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Bin Laden Reportedly Met With Iranian Spy

January 15, 2002|From Times wire reports

Osama bin Laden met an Iranian intelligence officer in the mid-1990s to try to forge an alliance to conduct a terrorism campaign against the United States, according to a new book by a former CIA officer.

Bin Laden met an Iranian intelligence officer in Afghanistan in July 1996 to "hammer out a strategic relationship," Robert Baer, a former CIA operative in the Middle East and Tajikistan, writes in "See No Evil," due out this week.

Tajik Islamic chieftain Abdallah Nuri, who operated out of Afghanistan, brokered the alliance, the book says, and at least one meeting between Bin Laden and the Iranian intelligence officer occurred. The Iranian was not identified.

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